Fatherhood

What It Means To Be A Dad Today

Erin Silver | Posted 06.20.2016 | Canada Parents
Erin Silver

There's been a lot of media attention lately devoted to changing the idea that dads aren't babysitters. That they are equal parenting partners. I'm seeing it more and more and I love it. While previous generations of dads (and even some dads I know today) believe in tough love, see it as their responsibility to "toughen up" their kids, and who have an easier time raising their voice than giving hugs, I hope these kinds of parents are on the way out of fashion.

Dad, Your Cruel Criticisms Still Haunt Me

Lenora Thompson | Posted 06.17.2016 | Canada Parents
Lenora Thompson

I was just a little girl, but you had a barbed tongue. Oh, you always couched your cruelty in humour. As if comedy was a disinfectant that redeems meanness. Time and again, I asked Mommy, "Please, tell Daddy to stop teasing me. It hurts my feelings." But you wouldn't or couldn't stop.

Mandatory Paternity Leave Is An Investment In Career And Family

Reva Seth | Posted 06.17.2016 | Canada Parents
Reva Seth

I appreciate that the word "mandatory" is off-putting, but the benefits that come with mandatory paternity leave are an incredible web of interwoven and reinforcing benefits -- in terms of improved gender equality, child's health, the valuing of care, as well as greater life happiness and deeper relationships.

My Father Proved One Man's Goodness Can Span Generations

Linda Simpson | Posted 06.14.2016 | Canada Living
Linda Simpson

There have been thousands of pages devoted to the skills necessary to raise a child. I am quite sure my father never read one book about parenting. Common sense was his guiding force. He was a humble, compassionate man who knew right from wrong, and good from bad.

Life With An Autistic Son Gave This Mom A Voice And Strength

Melanie Braga | Posted 05.17.2016 | Canada Parents
Melanie Braga

Adele noticed changes in her youngest son, Aidan, who was only 14 months at the time. The changes she noticed were: he completely stopped talking; he would not respond to his name; had many night terrors; made no eye contact and he would get much more frustrated.

I Became A Feminist The Day I Became A Father

Greg Allen | Posted 04.29.2016 | Canada Parents
Greg Allen

Were she to face any other systemic challenge, whether big or small, I would take that challenge on as my own. I would write, speak, march, lobby and fundraise until my throat was hoarse or, more likely, she became embarrassed by me and asked me to stop. How, then, could I justify turning a blind eye to the primary systemic challenge she would face throughout her life?

When Parenting Took Over Our Marriage

Vedavati M. | Posted 04.26.2016 | Canada Parents
Vedavati M.

We were co-parents living under the same roof. The hand-holding, affectionate, gregarious couple was a distant memory. Conversations were few and far between. When we talked, it was only about the baby. By the time she was a year old, we had stopped talking to each other directly.

My Unborn Daughter Is Already Challenging Me

James Di Fiore | Posted 04.21.2016 | Canada Parents
James Di Fiore

I'm 39 years old. I'm not all that proud of my behaviour as a teenager and young adult. It's been years since the last time I viewed a woman as a sexual conquest, but the impending arrival of a daughter has me swimming back into my past, and I feel the riptide of guilt pulling me under. Like the conman who becomes an FBI agent, maybe I can use my ingrained flaws and experiences as a method to shape my daughter into a young woman who could see a guy like me coming a mile away.

I Was Shamed For Being A Stay-At-Home Dad

James Di Fiore | Posted 04.19.2016 | Canada Parents
James Di Fiore

I thought it was just a random idiot, an anecdotal experience I could laugh at but not take too seriously. And then it happened again. And then it kept on happening. Strangers, sometimes men (but mostly women), would make off the cuff comments about me staying home to take care of my kid.

Accepting My Miscarriage Helped Me Heal

Melanie Braga | Posted 04.18.2016 | Canada Parents
Melanie Braga

The emotional distress started to make me feel sick all the time and it came to the point that I just couldn't continue like this anymore. I decided that my first step to healing was to talk to people who have experienced the same type of loss, and by doing this it helped me realize that everything I was feeling was normal.

I Am Not Sorry, I Am Judging You

Jessica Glazer | Posted 02.09.2016 | Canada Living
Jessica Glazer

I am judging you if you are barking orders at your partner. That person is not your slave. Their role is to help you, support you and guide you. There was a time, before stress, when you were loving and kind, which is why you are together. Get back to that. Your life will be better.

Why I Choose To Be Alone At Christmas

Lenora Thompson | Posted 12.22.2015 | Canada Living
Lenora Thompson

Some are geographically distant from those they hold dear and raise a solitary glass to absent friends. Others have lost loved ones to the grave. But for many of us, "no contact" is a choice we consciously made. Loneliness is simply less painful than the agony of spending time with our toxic families.

Let's Stop Freaking Out When Company Is Coming

Lenora Thompson | Posted 12.08.2015 | Canada Living
Lenora Thompson

Company is coming! Get rid of the couches. We can't let people know we SIT! ...There cannot be any sign of LIVING in this house... I want this place looking like a new Mediterranean fusion restaurant by noon... This is a dishtowel. I need a hand towel. What are we? Barbarians!?!" Does this ring any bells?

The Other Side: Life As A New Parent

Megan Howarth | Posted 11.27.2015 | Canada Parents
Megan Howarth

The truth is, the birth of your baby will most likely be the most transformative and life-changing experience you will ever go through. You will enter the experience living in one dimension and you will exit feeling truly like you are on "The Other Side" of your life.

Dealing With A Sassy Tween

Her Magazine | Posted 11.06.2015 | Canada Parents
Her Magazine

Remember that it is completely natural for tweens to argue with us. They are assessing their sense of independence. They are learning the skills to become independent, well-adjusted adults. Even if right now we feel like throttling them.

You Don't Know Who You're Marrying, and That's OK

Avrum Nadigel | Posted 09.24.2015 | Canada Living
Avrum Nadigel

A conversation with my five-year-old son left me rather perplexed recently. It went something like this: Son: Daddy, when I grow up I'm going to get...

These Dads Are Owning The Whole Fatherhood Thing

The Huffington Post Canada | Isabelle Khoo | Posted 08.07.2015 | Canada Parents

From impromptu naps to silly games and even pants-free Fridays, anything goes when dad's in charge!

My Husband Doesn't Care if the Grass Is Greener on the Other Side

Jacqueline Melissen | Posted 07.10.2016 | Canada Parents
Jacqueline Melissen

You see, my husband possesses a rare characteristic that is just so admirable, even if it does mean my first drive in our new car was a little more predictable than I'd anticipated. He knows what he likes and he simply doesn't care at all what he may be missing

Dear Son: A Letter to my Favourite Little Guy

Casey Palmer | Posted 06.21.2016 | Canada Parents
Casey Palmer

All I want for Father's Day is a son who's healthy and happy, living life to the fullest just like Daddy taught him. A son who'll go out and be the best he can be at whatever he chooses to do -- nothing will change the fact that he's my son, and that his Dad will always be proud of him. In fact, he already is.

Lakeshore Lessons From My Dad

Hannah Jack | Posted 06.21.2016 | Canada Living
Hannah Jack

On all of the Wednesday's in 2007 and 2008 my Dad, Doug Jack, picked me up early from school and would drive me an hour and forty minutes into downtow...

As a Stay-At-Home Dad, I Just Want My Kid To Be Cool

Bryce Kushnier | Posted 06.19.2016 | Canada Parents
Bryce Kushnier

I feel there are endless topics of anecdotal parental advice I could weigh in on. Especially from the perspective of a new stay at home father. But if I told you I knew the secret to raising the perfect child, would you believe me? I remember specifically when I had this epiphany.

You'll Want To Listen To Advice From These Dads

The Huffington Post | Joy D'Souza | Posted 06.16.2015 | Canada Living

Dad might dish out a lot of corny jokes, but every once in a while, he also shares some serious advice. In the video above, we watch as fathers of ...

17 Times Dad Reflexes Saved The Day

The Huffington Post Canada | Isabelle Khoo | Posted 06.16.2015 | Canada Parents

Dad reflex has to be a superhero power. Just check out these close-call videos of dads to the rescue!

It's Time to Appreciate the Father's Role in the World of Parenting

Casey Palmer | Posted 05.06.2016 | Canada Parents
Casey Palmer

I didn't know what to expect when I became a Dad. I didn't lack good fatherly figures -- I just had no clue of what the world expected of me. We hear plenty of stories blaming fathers in absentia for children's bad behaviour, society diagnosing a lack of the firm disciplinarian they so sorely needed to keep them in line -- but people rarely talk about what the value of a good father is.

Why It's Sometimes OK for a Woman to "Need" a Man

Debra Macleod | Posted 11.05.2014 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

Ask your date to walk you to your car after dark. Ask your boyfriend to reach that plate on the top shelf, fix your computer or check your leaky faucet. I can hear the snarks from women now. Yet many men long to feel needed in a healthy way in their relationships.